When Gabrielle Gottlieb became engaged to Richard Roloff, she knew that she wanted her sister and best friend, Paige Levy Kouretchian, by her side as her matron of honor. As a wedding specialist, Paige was excited to organize an intimate bridal shower for Gabrielle to celebrate her forthcoming nuptials. Close friends and family members got a glimpse of the aesthetic of the occasion from the invitation suite, which featured a blush envelope, gilded glitter, hearts, and a chevron background. “I love hearts, so my sister made sure [they] were a big part of the theme,” notes Gabrielle.
Fun activities, drinks, and tasty bites awaited the arrival of guests on the tiled terrace of the Amaya restaurant at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort. A center table – adorned with a lush arrangement of pastel pink roses, touches of mint hydrangeas, and crystal strands in a vase full of petals – offered a mimosa bar and platters of fresh fruit and cheese.
Mingling was encouraged with a “Discovery Game” in which attendees answered questionnaires with the names of individuals who met the indicated criteria. The first person to complete her sheet was awarded a prize. At the perfume station, each lady was assisted in creating her own personal scent. “I also loved that guests filled out cards with date night ideas, and now we have a cute box with options that we reference all the time!” enthuses Gabrielle.
Lunch was served in one of the dining rooms of the eatery. Taken from the popular song by The Beatles, the sentiment of the gathering – “All you need is love… Love is all you need” – was emblazoned on a rustic sign composed of weathered boards and reflected throughout the glittery signage of the celebration. Clusters of champagne roses were accented with branches, greenery, and amaranthus on the mantelpiece. Round tables were swathed in shimmery sequin linens with a gold-and-white chevron design. Textured gilded vases were filled with blush and vanilla roses.
Guest names were elegantly written on pearl hearts pasted on glinting gilt cards. Menus boasting sparkling bullion borders and two hearts were set on top of china chargers with ornate rims. The three-course meal offered a trio of entrée options: garlic shrimp and artichoke salad, grilled flat iron steak salad, and turkey panini. Dessert was a decadent caramelized upside-down apple tart with rich crème fraîche ice cream. The ladies were also sent home with pink boxes containing chocolates as favors.
“My most memorable moment was walking into the room for the first time and seeing how beautiful it was!” recalls Gabrielle, who was not only fashionably, but also complementarily attired to the scene in an ivory suit with a gold sequined blouse. “The Grand Del Mar is such a beautiful venue to begin with, so it looked even more amazing decorated by my sister and Kathy Wright.”